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Casa Rio

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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430 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2652
+1 210-225-6718
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Madison, Wisconsin
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The food at this restaurant as well as the service was good, but we definitely expect anymore for the Riverwalk and I've been to San Antonio before and know that there are other restaurants outside of the Riverwalk area that provide more authentic Mexican food.

Thank Chavez G
Rehovot, Israel
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162 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There's no shortage of Mexican restaurants in downtown San Antonio. We had dinner at the Casa Rio in a private event, so I can't comment as to the price, but the service was very good and the food was also enjoyed by everyone. The only part we didn't really enjoy was the dessert -- a chocolate cake, which was quite... More 

Thank igal27
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38 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Tex mex restaurants along this part of the river walk are relatively average. This in my opinion is the best one. However the best Mexican restaurant on riverwalk is Acenar.

Thank travelerRoswell
Melissa, Texas
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I had the fish tacos. They were ok. I thought they needed more seasoning. The chips and salsa were very good. My colleague had the beef Chile relleno and said it was excellent. Our service was terrific. We had David and he was very attentive.

Thank kn0rthcut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow! Our second favorite Margaritas in San Antonio. The Tamales with the perfectly cooking "chunky" red chili is to die for. Smokey beabs and perfectly cooked Spanish rice finished out this amazing dish. I will eat here at least once from now on!!!!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Midlothian, Virginia
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was excellent as was the service. Had the Taco salad. Nice view on the Riverwalk and fun people watching.

Thank Charles M
New Braunfels, Texas
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The food wasn't the worst but it certainly wasn't the best. It's not what you would expect on the riverwalk as far as quality goes. The chips and fresh salsa was delicious. I ordered the chicken flauta plate and it was just like the frozen taquitos you buy at the grocery store. The beans were bland and the rice had... More 

Thank Lacey K
Warrenton, Virginia
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not having TexMex often, I found this restaurant to be very good. The strolling band added to the atmosphere. Service was friendly and prices are on the lower side. Great views.

Thank Nanna1943
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91 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Being right on the Riverwalk in an established Mexican Restaurant seemed like a good choice to us on our first night in San Antone. . .WRONG. OK. . .the chips and salsa brought out to us right away was good and our table was right on the Riverwalk. My wife had the Flauta Plate and said it was ok. I... More 

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Elizabeth L, Public Relations Manager at Casa Rio, responded to this review

We are sorry you were disappointed about the pigeons and that took away from what seems to have been a positive experience with us. We try our hardest, but unfortunately many customers feed the birds and encourage their behavior. Our suggestion is to try and enjoy the natural beauty of the river including the birds! Hope you join us again! More 

San Antonio, Texas
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

TexMex Food is pretty good. Great view , right on the riverwalk. You can eat inside or outside. Service is very friendly and attentive. Prices are descent.

Thank Angelicalisima

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 430 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2652
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 210-225-6718
Over the centuries, all who found their way to this area have been blessed by the river and the abundance of life that its water has provided. For the native American hunters and gatherers, the numerous deer, bear, mountain lions, alligators, raccoons, squirrels, cats, coyote and javelinas provided ample meat along with fish and water fowl.

The Spaniards, exploring their way north out of Mexico through deserts and semi-arid South Texas, found the timber, fertile soil, and clear water well suited for their purposes of settlement and colonization. The river, first named St. Anthony de Padua, was soon diverted into channels and acequias for irrigation of fields and household use.

The first bridge built to span the river was here at Commerce Street. The priests at the Alamo were afraid the easy access by the soldiers from the garrison would endanger the women of the mission. The bugle call of "El Deguello", from Santa Anna's army came from these banks. It signaled, no quarters, utter destruction, and no mercy for the defenders of the Alamo.

As the mission period gave way to a more established society, the river was used for numerous bath houses natatoriums, breweries, and mills. San Antonio began a romance with the river with festivals, fairs, parties and picnics on the banks.

The restaurant founded in 1946 by Alfred F. Beyer, sits on land first granted title in 1777 by the King of Spain. The Spanish Colonial period hacienda became the core of the new business. The cedar door and window lintels, the fireplace, and thick rock walls, are still evident inside the building.

Casa Rio was the first San Antonio business to open its doors to the River and take advantage of the River's setting. Canoes, gondolas, and paddle boats, evolving into tour and dinner boats, began here and helped create the Riverwalk of today.

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